Dear CBA Families,
The holiday season is a time to celebrate community, diversity, and the universal joy of giving. Our students will be learning about traditions observed around the world by singing songs, making art, tasting seasonal treats, and so much more! We’ll be sending additional information in the coming weeks via Links 2 Home.
We wanted to thank everyone for your donations to our Annual Food Drive. Thanks to your generosity we are donating over 330 items to the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen. Our annual holiday giving initiatives are a way for students to spread cheer this holiday season while developing an appreciation for what they have, showing gratitude towards others, and seeing the positive impact of their actions. This month, we are collecting gifts for children in our community through the Angel Tree. We have a tree in the lobby with paper angels on it with gift ideas. All gifts will go to children in our community that are in need and should be turned in no later than December 7th.
Please take a moment this month to make sure to refresh the spare clothing in your child’s cubby. Take home anything that no longer fits and leave a spare set of well-fitting, weather-appropriate clothes, including a winter hat and gloves. Our students do go outside in the morning and afternoon, weather permitting.
Our classrooms will be having their holiday parties on Friday, December 16th. We will be having a holiday spirit week December 19th-23rd. We will close at 12 p.m. on December 23rd, will be closed on December 26th, and will be closing at 3 p.m. on December 30th. Please see the monthly calendar on our website for more information on events happening in December.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and dedication to our school. We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season!
From the Education Department:
The Gift of Giving: Teaching Students the Importance of Generosity and Compassion
The holidays are a wonderful time of year for many reasons. We enjoy spending this time with our students as we reflect on the past year, learn about different traditions, and give back to those in need. Our annual holiday giving initiative is a way for students to build the important foundation of generosity and compassion. Through this event, they develop an appreciation for what they have, show gratitude towards others, and see the positive impact of their actions. It brings a smile to our faces to see our students get so excited to lend a helping hand.
Below are just a few ways we’re helping our communities this season.
1. Students will collect toys, art supplies, games, books and other gifts for children in need. These special items will be delivered to Toys for Tots, local shelters, and children’s hospitals.
2. During Thanksgiving, many of our students collected nonperishable food items. They will continue their collections throughout December, tour the food banks, and learn about how their contributions will make a difference in their community.
3. Students will help stock the shelves of local shelters by collecting essential winter accessories, such as coats, mittens, hats, and blankets.
4. The gift of time is precious. Students will make cards and visit senior centers to spread holiday cheer. They will enjoy snacks with residents, make holiday decorations, read books, and sing carols.
5. Students will show their appreciation for community helpers by delivering baked goods. They’ll measure and mix ingredients, roll the dough, place the baked goodies in boxes, and deliver them with handmade cards.